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Day Nigerians said no to social media bill

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 18, 2020, 04:37:02 PM


MONDAY, March 9,  2020, went down as another day when Nigerians rose with a strong voice to reject another of the series of attempts by anti-democratic forces to usurp, through legislative impunity, part of our hard-won fundamental liberties.

On that day, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa’s “Protection From Internet Falsehood And Manipulations and Other Related Matters Bill 2019” was massively thumbed down at the well-publicised public hearing attended by media professionals, civil society advocates, private citizens and some representatives of governmental institutions and religious groups.

It was transmitted live in spite of failed efforts by Sani Musa and his cohorts.

In addition to the outright rejection of the obnoxious Bill at the public hearing, over 100,000 Nigerians have signed an online petition floated by Change.Org to stand it down.

Senator Musa is seen to be fronting this Bill on behalf of power wielders who seem determined to regulate the social media space. Musa had hoped that making reference to the fact that Singapore had also adopted social media regulation would buy over Nigerians.

Like other well-meaning Nigerians, we recognise the fact that the social media which is a double-edged sword should be moderated in a way to ensure a more responsible, profitable and accountable use of it by all and sundry. However, we strongly assert that no such action should be taken in violation of the constitutional rights of Nigerians to freedom of expression within the law.

Free speech should never be criminalised through legislative instruments that defy or duplicate already settled constitutional and legal provisions.

Imposing heavy fines (N300, 000 or $825) and (or) up to three years imprisonment is antithetical to Section 39(3) of the 1999 constitution (As Amended) in that this Bill is not justifiable in a democratic society such as ours.

It gives government and law enforcement agencies powers of impunity to unduly harass those who might use the social media to criticise policies they find unhealthy for our polity.

Besides, the extant Cyber Crime Act of 2015 has more than provided enough checks against the irresponsible or criminal use of the internet and social media. Nigerians are afraid that obnoxious bills like Senator Musa’s “Anti-Social Media Bill”, Senator Sabi Abdullahi’s “Hate Speech Bill” and Senator Ibn Na’Allah’s defeated “Frivolous Petitions Bill” could be parts of plots to cage Nigerians for the unfettered imposition of a hidden agenda.

Nigerians have spoken loud and clear. We expect the Senate and the House of Representatives to respect the voice of the people and drop this Bill. We should focus quality attention to our security and economic challenges rather than exploring means of putting our people in chains.

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Re: Day Nigerians said no to social media bill

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 18, 2020, 04:50:32 PM
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In addition to the outright rejection of the obnoxious Bill at the public hearing, over 100,000 Nigerians have signed an online petition floated by Change.Org to stand it down.

Let history reflect this FACT.

Sites like Nigerialog.com exists solely to record important historical facts about Nigeria.

That is why we gather and comment on those important facts here.

Any Nigerian with a contrary view, or information, can "countercomment" here and it stays.

We NEVER remove opposing views. THAT IS THE POINT.

This bill aims to impede free speech, and falls short of all civilized norm globally.

We would never understand why some elements in Northern Nigeria are hell bent on returning Nigeria to the stone age.

If these people don't like modernity and progress, they should be excised from Nigeria so that the rest of us that want progress will have our peace. QED.

In any case, no sensible Nigerian would ever obey such idiotic law if passed.

It is like allowing a criminal to enter your house, rape your wife, take all your moveable properties, and then you obey his command not to raise alarm. You would use all your available resources to raise alarm anyway you can. That is what a human being would do.

A human being with even half a brain would do EVERYTHING within his power (even under the threat of death) to raise the alarm.

Nigerians raised such alarms when the military was misruling, and these goons are not remotely as powerful as the military governments of the day even though they delude themselves otherwise. 

A day of judgment is coming for anyone who participated in suppressing free speech in Nigeria.

As for the bill, they can shove it to where the sun never rises.

Re: Day Nigerians said no to social media bill

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 18, 2020, 05:00:21 PM
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Senator Musa is seen to be fronting this Bill on behalf of power wielders who seem determined to regulate the social media space. Musa had hoped that making reference to the fact that Singapore had also adopted social media regulation would buy over Nigerians.

This is the most insulting part of that bill.

This APC goon kept making reference to Singapore -a mono-city state.

Let me repeat: Singapore has only ONE city called Singapore.

Singapore is more than 70% Chinese.

In other words, it is a mono-ethnic and mono-city state.

How dare this man compare Singapore to a country like Nigeria formed by THREE countries (Northern Nigeria, Western Nigeria, and Eastern Nigeria) in 1960?

Mind you, Nigeria has been administered strictly according to that reality for 60 years.

Values are VASTLY different between the North and South for example: In some instance they are even OPPOSITES.

Eastern Nigeria (made up of South East and South South) is about 70 million in population.

And the country is currently politically very unstable, with SERIOUS agitations for self determination in the East, for example.

So, just because some northerner feels that his feeding bottle may be taken away if the East leaves the union, the people of Nigeria must be gagged first to forestall that?

It is in the interest of all Nigerians that freedom of speech be respected, because people resort to armed struggle if you impede their speech.

A word is enough for the wise.

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